No main tool does not focus on Craftmanship, and offhand isn't m.craft either.
It absolutely does. Take a look at the stats on main hand tools vs. offhand tools.
Examples (C = Craftsmanship, M = Magic Craftsmanship, CT = Control):
Iron Doming Hammer (rank 22 MH): C 40, M 36, CT 31
Iron Pliers (rank 27 OH): C 37, M 48, CT 42
Pliers are 5 ranks higher but have 3 points less to Craftsmanship and 33% higher Magic Craftsmanship. Bad example because they're different ranks, you say? Fair enough. Another example:
Weathered Doming Hammer (rank 1 MH): C 9, M 8, CT 7.
Bronze Pliers (rank 1 OH): C 7, M 9, CT 8.
See the difference? Main hand has higher Craftsmanship than Magic Craftsmanship, off-hand is the opposite.
Bad example because that's armorer gear and maybe other classes are different? Fair enough. Weaver:
Rusty Needle (rank 1 MH): C 9, M 8, CT 7. (exactly the same is armorer rank 1 MH)
Maple Spinning Wheel (rank 1 OH): C 7, M 9, C 8. (again, exactly the same as armorer rank 1 OH)
Weathered Head Knife (rank 1 MH): C 9, M 8, CT 7. (see a pattern?)
Bronze Awl (rank 1 OH): C 7, M 9, C 8. (I do...)
The only difference between them is that stat that influences em (for BSM MH = STR, OH = VIT) as well as either making HQ or HY. That is the only difference. Using your main hand means your stats are much higher making it EASIER for quality per synthesis.
I'm talking about the stats they provide, nothing else. Big picture thinking, please.
Also as SE said, some items use craftmanship others m.craft. Which item uses it? i have no idea.
I just told you in a post above. Take a look at which tool gives you quantity instead of +1/+2/+3 for each recipe. That's your clue.
Note: You only see sparks if your quality goes above 640+ or so. If you try to HQ with normal materials chances are you will not hit a quality of 700, simply because you'll hit 100% progress.
Nonsense. You can see sparks from successive failures of Rapid/Bold Synthesis. I've NEVER pushed quality above 700 but I've still seen sparks. (Very rarely these days, mind you...it used to be mostly on low rank synthesis and the sparks would only appear and/or get worse on a failed bold or rapid attempt).
PS. All those people claiming the r27 offhand tool is better than r32 for completing items don't know wtf they are talking about. The stats on the r32 is better in nearly every way, and most certainly the r42.
I haven't seen anyone say the rank 27 tool is better than the rank 32 tool. But the difference in magic craftsmanship stats for the r32 tool vs. the r27 is 1 point. 49 MC on the r32 tool, 48 on the r27. For above rank synthesis where you're aiming for a particular result, the offhand tool is still a viable choice in some cases. For at rank synthesis where you're just hoping to succeed, you always go with the tool that offers the highest stats. That's been the common recommendation now since OB. Edited, Nov 25th 2010 12:38pm by Aurelius